GRA collects D8.4 billion revenue in 2018

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

The deputy commissioner general and the head of Domestic Tax at The Gambia Revenue Authority (GRA), Essa Jallow, has disclosed that as at end of November 2018, the total revenue mobilised by GRA stands at D8.4 billion – surpassing the annual target by 4% or D349.6 million dalasis.

He said that compared with the same period last year, revenues have grown by 15 % or 1.1 billion dalasis.

 The GRA deputy CG revealed this, during the GRA’s 2018 annual staff Award and Recognition event held at Qcity in Brusubiover the weekend.

According to Mr. Jallow, with such performance, GRA is not only awarding and recognising exceptional performance of staff,but also celebrating their collective resolve to give government the fiscal space needed to implement the National Development Plan (2018-2021).

Jallow went on to comment GRA for a resounding success in 2018 in revenue collection, saying that the minister of Finance and Economic Affair has already laid the 2019 budget before the legislators of the National Assembly with a tax revenue target of D10.9 billion compared with an estimated total collection in 2018, which was D8.7 billion, representing an annual nominal revenue growth of 26% or D2.2 billion.

Mr. Jallow described this as a major achievement, adding that it is also a reflection of what “we plan to do as a country to implement beneficial projects and programmes for the socio-economic for our motherland.”

Speaking on the award, the deputy CG said itwas a programmethat is part of their annual calendar of events designed to appreciate and celebrate outstanding performance by staffs in the execution of their duties and responsibilities.

Mr. Jallow said the awards for the event were designed to depict excellence and ensure motivation by instilling positive behaviours in their workforce.

Mr. Jallow further said the awards were in various categories such as, provision of timely, quality, relevant, responsive and supportive services to customers at all times.

Secondly those who demonstrated leadership, creativity, innovativeness, dependability and professionalism in conduct of duties and also being remarkably friendly; a source of inspiration to help and care for staff and clients at all times in the course of one’s duty among others were also given awards.

Other speakers included the new board member of GRA, Madam Jagne who also applauded GRA for the remarkable success registered in 2018 and urged them to continue to provide the necessary oversight functions and policy direction to ensure that the Authority is effective and efficient in delivering it services to government and the citizen.

Author: Abdoulie Nyockeh